Attention! Old Car

photo: snow, champs elysees, sat 4 jan 03

Saturday afternoon scene on the Champs-Elysées,
from the entry of the Tourist Office.

And Young Cow Fans

Paris:- Saturday, 4. January 2003:- This is the kind of events week I like. I get to cut out a ton of stuff and put another two tons into 'Last Chances,' and then I find that most of the 'futures' are already in the column.

Attention again - this column is not going to be updated for a few weeks, so keep an eye sharpened for 'consume before' dates, or you will be out of luck.

Memoires du Visible - are plates and engravings from the Louvre's collection of lithographs. Starting on Friday, 17. January and continuing until Monday, 14. April. Openposter: paris semi marathon, 9 march from 9:00 to 18:00 and from 9:00 to 21:30 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. At the Musée du Louvre, principal entry from the Pyramid in the Cour Napoléon, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 40 20 51 51.

Le Palais de Justice - has everything you ever wanted to know about Paris' main place of justice, which is not exactly a palace. Until Friday, 4. March, from 9:30 to 17:00, on weekdays. At the Conciergerie, Palais de la Cité, 2. Boulevard du Palais, Paris 1. Métro: InfoTel.: 01 53 40 60 97.

Le Jour La Nuit Le Jour - features ultra modern works by Louis Bourgeois, in Paris' museum for the ultra modern. Open Tuesday to Sunday, from noon to midnight, until Sunday, 6. April. At the Palais de Tokyo, site of contemporary art creation. At 13. Avenue du Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 47 23 54 01.

Electric Body - is 'backstage with Jimi Hendrix' in this 60th anniversary exhibition with unpublished photos, some on loan from the Hendrix family, and maybe a bit of guitar music too. Until Sunday, 12. January, from 12:00 to 18:00 and from 10:00 to 18:00 on Sunday. Closed on Monday. At the Musée de la Musique, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 44 84 44 84.

Constable - 'Le Choix de Lucian Freud' includes 200 works with many portraits by this English painter more known for his landscapes, in this first retrospectiveposter: le vent des peuplier, thtr montparnasse in Paris. Until Monday, 13. January. Open 10:00 to 19:15 and until 21:15 on Wednesdays. Closed Tuesdays. Reservations (often) required for morning visits before 13:00. At the Grand Palais, 3. Avenue du Général Eisenhower, Paris 8. Métro: Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau. InfoTel.: 01 44 13 17 17.

Juan Rulfo - besides being a world-famous author, Juan Rulfo has also become known for his photos, taken over the past 20 years. Until Wednesday, 15. January. At the Maison de l'Amérique Latine, 217. Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino. InfoTel.: 01 49 54 75 35.

Zola - more than a photo exhibition, this show traces the three phases of Zola's life on his death's centennial. Until Sunday, 19. January. From 10:00 to 19:00; and 12:00 to 19:00 on Sundays. Closed Mondays and holidays. At the François Mitterrand site of the Bibliothèque Nationale - Tour des Nombres, at the Quai François Mauriac, Paris 13. Métro: Quai de la Gare or Bibliothèque François Mitterrand. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 59 59.

La Consolation de l'Absence - is about miniatures made to be reminders of absent loved ones, even if they were autoportraits. Until Sunday, 19. January. Open daily except Mondays from 10:00 to 17:40. At the Musée Cognacq-Jay, 8. Rue Elzévir, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul or Chemin-Vert. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 07 21, or InfoFax.: 33 1 40 27 89 44.

La Place Vendôme - could be subtitled 'Art, Pouvoir et Fortune,' because this is the three-century history of the Place Vendôme, and what could be better place to show it off? Until Sunday, 19. January, daily from 12:00 to 18:00. At the Hôtel de Villemaré, 9. Place Vendôme, Paris 1. Métro: Tuileries. Note - this exhibition moves to the Mairie of the 1st arrondissement, from Thursday, 24. January to Sunday, 2 March. At 1. Place du Louvre. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli.

Le Geste Kôngo - or 'Les Bois Sacrés d'Hélénon,' is an exhibition of 'Nikisi' and 'Minkisi' - which are statuettes, singular or plural, done by the Kongo and their immediate neighbors in Africa. To be seen until Sunday, 19. January. Open daily from Wednesday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 19:00. Free entry on the last Wednesday of the month. At the Musée Dapper, 35. Rue Paul-Valéry, Paris 16. Métro: Etoile, Victor Hugo or Kléber. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 01 50.

Lanterna Magika - beginning in the 1920s Czech artists were mixing art with technology, and with a hop into 'Europe' in 1989 this multi-discipline was accelerated. The 'magic' part of the lantern was its technology, more ancient than the 19th century, now riding into the 21st. Here you will see neon, projections, video, interactive installations - from the past to the future. Until Sunday, 19. January, from 12:00 to 19:00, except Mondays and holidays. Free entry. At the EDF's Espace Electra, 6. Recamier, Paris 7. Métro: Sèvres-Babylone. InfoTel.: 01 53 63 23 45.

Aubes - or, 'Rêveries au Bord de Victor Hugo' seems to involve a guest list starting with Antonin Artaud and ending with Zhou Xiaohu, with Franz Kafka somewhere in the middle. Credit goes to Harald Szeemann for this. Until Sunday, 19. January, from Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Maison de Victor Hugo, 6. Place des Vosges, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Bastille. InfoTel.: 01 42 72 10 16.

1902 - 2002 - The 'National Archives' are on show along with Russian fashion photos, plus photos by Sandrine Expilly, Carole Bellache, Quentin Bertoux and Peter Gayle. Until Sunday, 19. January. Open daily except Tuesdays. From Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:45 and on Saturday and Sunday, from 13:45 to 17:45. At the Musée de l'Histoire de France, Hôtel de Rohan, 60. Rue des Francs- Bourgeois, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 60 96.

30th Festival Angoulême - is the international comics meeting of the world's best of bests. Tucked away in the small world of Cognac, the festival is oneposter: festival angouleme, 23 - 26 jan colorful long weekend, from Wednesday, 23. January until Sunday, 26. January. Too much for details here, check out the festival's Web site. The SNCF has special reduced-price round-trip ticket for this. Their ResaTel.: 08 92 35 35 35.

Prix d'Amerique - is Paris' number one race for trotters in January when most bettors are broke, but don't mind fresh weather to clear their heads. On Sunday, 26. January, at the Hippodrome de Paris- Vincennes, 2. Route de la Ferme, in the Bois de Vincennes, Paris 12. Métro: Charenton-Ecoles, plus a long walk. InfoTel.: 01 49 77 17 17.

Expolangues - how to learn babble comes to Paris again, with some exhibitors showing how to get there or here. From Thursday, 30. January until Saturday, 1. February, from 10:00 to 19:00 and from 10:00 to 18:00 on Saturday. At the Grand Halle de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 48 07 41 41.

Art Premier des Iapyges - will have an exhibition of very antique ceramic objects from Italy, beginning on Thursday, 6. February and continuing until Saturday, 29. March. Except Sunday and Monday, from 10:30 to 18:30. At the Mona Bismarck Foundation, 34. Avenue de New York, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 47 23 38 88.

Rétromobile - even though they are old, no wheels squeak at this annual salon for worldwide old car fans. This year from Friday, 7. February until Sunday, 16. February. From 11:00 to 19:00, 10:00 to 19:00 on weekends and from 11:00 to 22:00 on Tuesday and Thursday.At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 01 48 44 30 30.

Trésors d'Argent - reunited for the first time, the finest examples of the artistry of the Froment-Meurice clan of silver and jewelry craftsmen. To be on show from Tuesday, 4. February until Sunday, 15. June, from 10:00 to 18:00 daily except Mondays. At the Musée de la Vie Romantique - Hôtel Scheffer Renan, 16. Rue Chaptal, Paris 9. Métro: Saint-Georges, Blanche or Pigalle. InfoTel.: 01 55 31 95 67.

Jeune Création - used to be the Salon for Young Painters, and still is I think. Anyhow, new stuff on show from Thursday, 20. February until Sunday, 2. March, usually from 11:00 to 21:00. At the Grand Halle de la Villette, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 06 20 12 93 42.

Salon de l'Agriculture - will be featuring its beautiful cows again, plus everything else there is to eat. From Saturday, 22. February until Sunday, 2. March. Usually from 9:00 to 19:00, but until 22:00 on 28. February. At Paris-Expo, Porte de Versailles, Paris 15. Métro: Porte de Versailles. InfoTel.: 08 92 68 68 63.

Philippe Starck - will be featured in a major exhibition beginning on Wednesday, 26. February, continuing until Monday, 12. May.from 11:00 to 21:00 daily except on Tuesdays. At the Centre Georges Pompidou, Place Georges Pompidou, Paris 4. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Un Heros des Deux Rives - will be about Abd El Kader, 'L'homme et sa legende,' about which I am totally unaware, so I had better see this. From Wednesday, 26. February until Saturday, 24. May. Open daily except Tuesdays; on Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 12:30 and from 14:00 to 17:30. At the Musée de l'Histoire de France, Hôtel de Soubise, 60. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 60 96.

Ghana, Hier et Aujourd'hui - is the name of the coming major exhibition here, beginning on Friday, 7. March. Openposter: expo, vulcans meurtieres, mus histoire naturel daily from Wednesday to Sunday, from 11:00 to 19:00. Free entry on the last Wednesday of the month. At the Musée Dapper, 35. Rue Paul-Valéry, Paris 16. Métro: Etoile, Victor Hugo or Kléber. InfoTel.: 01 45 00 01 50.

Marathons - Paris semi-marathon will be run on Sunday, 9. March and the big one will take to the streets on Sunday, 6. April. More info for both events can be found on one Web site here. Signing up for either event will be cheaper until the end of January.

Coming Big Shows - include Leonardo de Vinci's designs at the Louvre starting in May, Chagall at the Grand Palais beginning in March and the Daguerréotype Français at the Musée d'Orsay, starting on Monday, 12. May.

Monet at Marmotten - an exhibition featuring artists such as Delecroix, Boudin, Cham, Guys, Forain, Morisot, Cross, Signac, Renoir and Monet of course - all on paper which means aquarelles and pastels, from the museum's collections. From 10:00 to 18:00 until Sunday, 2. February, except on Mondays. At the Musée Marmotten - Monet, 2. Rue Louis-Boilly, Paris 16. Métro: La Muette. InfoTel.: 01 44 96 50 33.

Rituels Tibetains - or, the 'Visions Secrèts du Ve Dalai Lama' is an exhibition organized around 56 original pages of the 'Secrèts,' accompanied by other objects, some on view here for the first time. Continues until Monday, 24. February. Hours are 10:00 to 18:00, except on Tuesdays. At the Musée National des Arts Asiatiques / Musée Guimet - Le Panthéon Bouddhique, 19. Avenue d'Iéna, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 53 00.

Modigliani - is 'L'Ange au Visage Grave' and was an impressionist genius. This exhibition has a hundred paintings, of which a third have never been shown in France before. Includes drawings and sculpture. Until Sunday, 2. March. Open Tuesday to Thursday, from 10:00 to 19:00, from 10:00 to 20:00 on weekends and from 10:00 to 22:30 on Monday and Friday. At the Musée du Luxembourg, 19. Rue Vaugirard, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Sulpice. InfoTel.: 01 42 34 25 95.

Francis Picabia - this exhibition presents about 200 items from Picabia's lifetime of works, including his Dadaist period. Continues through to Sunday, 16. March. Except Mondays, from 10:00 to 18:00 and until 18:45 on weekends. At Paris' Musée d'Art Moderne, 11. Avenue Président Wilson, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 53 67 40 80.

Jacqueline Kennedy - if you missed it at the time or if you missed the time entirely, see Jackie O's costumes from her period in the White House, from 1959 to 1963. This includes 70 costumes plus 200 other documents. Do you remember the 'Pill Box' hat? This expo continues until Sunday, 16. March. Except Monday, from 11:00 to 18:00, 10:00 to 18:00 on weekends and on Wednesdays until 21:00. At the Musée de la Mode et du Textile, 107. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 55 57 50.

De Caillebotte à Picasso - features major works from the collection of Oscar Ghez, essentiallyposter: festival affiches, gal grande monde a round-up of French painting from 1870 to 1950. Until 15. June 2003, from 10:00 to 18:00 daily. At the Musée Jacquemart-Andre, 158. Boulevard Haussmann, Paris 8. Métro: Miromesnil. InfoTel.: 01 45 62 11 59.

Volcans Meurtriers - recounts the tragic destinies of Pompeii and Saint Pierre on Martinique. Except on Tuesdays, until Friday, 28. February, from 10:00 to 18:00 and from 10:00 to 22:00 on Thursdays. At the Museum of Natural History in the Jardin des Plantes, at 57. Rue Cuvier, Paris 5. Métro: Censier-Daubenton. InfoTel.: 01 40 79 30 00.

Chevaux et Chevaliers Arabes - as depicted on the arts of the Middle East. Until Sunday, 30. March except on Mondays open from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Institut du Monde Arabe, 1. Rue des Foss´s-Saint-Bernard, Paris 5. Métro: Jussieu. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 38 38.

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